On a typical weekday, Henry and I frequently have toast and fresh fruit for breakfast. It may be wheat toast with apples or rye toast with nectarines. Sometimes I add a smear of yogurt or pumpkin butter on Henry’s toast, but most often his toast is just plain. Occasionally, I swap the fruit for tomato or cucumber slices. Plus, I always have a glass of milk to drink and Henry has water.
|Henry chows down on sourdough toast.|
It is easy to get into a breakfast rut, so I have been feeling that I should mix it up a little. Henry does love toast, but in the spirit of developing his palette and exposing him to new flavors, I decided we should branch out and try other breakfast options.
|Fresh baked Morning Glory Muffins.|
I started off by cooking up a batch of Morning Glory Muffins from “The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook”. This sugar-free recipe includes chopped dates, carrots, apples, and coconut. They baked into a very hearty and dense breakfast pastry.
|Henry is not so sure about eating this muffin.|
Henry did not take to them as well as his usual morning toast. At first, I tried handing Henry the whole muffin. After picking it up once, he ignored it in favor of his plum slices. Henry became interested again once I broke the muffin into smaller chunks. He tried out a few bites but he wasn’t particularly enthusiastic. At the end of breakfast, there were a lot of muffin bits on the floor and not much made it in to his mouth.
|Henry inspects an apple cinnamon muffin.|
Next we tried a more traditional apple cinnamon muffin. This recipe did include a bit of sugar and had a lighter, more cake-like texture. Henry was much more eager to eat these muffins, but we still ended up with a sizable portion of crumbs on the floor.
|This muffin passed Henry's inspection.|
What Henry liked best about having muffins for breakfast was getting to play with the muffin wrapper when our meal was over.
|Henry plays with a muffin wrapper after breakfast.|